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Construction output up 2pc

Construction output in the year to the third quarter of 2008 increased by 2 per cent compared with the previous 12 month period, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Total output stood at £83.8 billion for the 12 months to the end of September 2008, up from £81.9 billion the previous year.

But output fell 1 per cent in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter.

Total output for the third quarter stood at £20.7 billion for the period, down from £21 billion in the second quarter.

New private housing work fell 7 per cent to £2.2 billion in the third quarter, down from £2.4 billion the previous quarter.

Meanwhile, new public housing work was also down 7 per cent from £628 million in the second quarter to £581 million in the third quarter.

All new work increased one per cent from £11.4 billion in quarter two to £11.5 billion in quarter three.

But repair and maintenance work was down four per cent in the third quarter to £9.3 billion, compared to £9.6 billion the previous quarter.